Thorne Dreyer's guest on Rag Radio is Judy Gumbo, author of the recently published Yippie Girl: Exploits in Protest and Defeating the FBI.
Judy Gumbo is one of the few female members of the original Yippies, a satirical protest group that levitated the Pentagon to stop the Vietnam War, brought the New York Stock Exchange to a halt to ridicule greed and ran a pig named Pigasus for president at the 1968 Democratic Convention.
Judy received her nickname "Gumbo" from Black Panther Party leader Eldridge Cleaver. Judy went on to write for the Berkeley Barb and the Berkeley Tribe, helped start a women's group, visited the former North Vietnam in 1970 then traveled the globe agitating against the war and for the liberation of women.
In 1975, Judy discovered a tracking device on her car and became part of a lawsuit that successfully challenged warrantless wiretapping. Judy's books, articles, interviews and life choices marry the fun-loving spirit of the 1960s with the courage to confront the world we live in and ourselves.
She has a Ph.D. in Sociology and spent the majority of her professional career as an award-winning fundraiser for Planned Parenthood.
In 2013, Judy returned to Vietnam to help celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Paris Peace Accords. Judy returned to Vietnam again in 2019 where she was awarded a medal from the Vietnamese government for her contributions to peace and reconciliation. Judy is the widow of Yippie founder Stew Albert and of David Dobkin, a founder of Berkeley Cohousing. She is married to distinguished historian Arthur Eckstein.
Zoom image: Clockwise from upper left: Judy Gumbo, Rag Radio engineer Tracey Schulz and host Thorne Dreyer.
Rag Radio is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, an all-volunteer, cooperatively-run, solar powered community radio station in Austin, Texas, in association with The Rag Blog
and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit. It is streamed live on the Internet at KOOP.org. The host and producer of Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, is a prominent Austin-based activist and writer who was a pioneer of the ’60s underground press movement.
The show’s engineer and associate producer is Tracey Schulz and the staff photographer is Roger Baker; Suzy Shelor is Rag Radio associate; Alice Embree is a frequent guest host; and Glenn Smith and Roy Casagranda are our political analysts.
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Running time: 53:14.